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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • State Fair in full swing

  • SEDALIA — The Missouri State Fair is in full swing, with Livingston County well represented in various exhibits and competitions.
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  • SEDALIA — The Missouri State Fair is in full swing, with Livingston County well represented in various exhibits and competitions.
    Around 150 projects are on display in the 4-H Building, and nearly 100 youth are exhibiting livestock. In addition, several others are participating in areas such as the tractor pull, ag mechanics and demonstrations.
    Among the livestock being shown by Livingston County 4-H and FFA members are 130 hogs, 15 cattle, 50 sheep, and 15 goats.
    “A lot of good things happen with our kids and we already had some kids do very, very well,” said Chillicothe FFA Advisor Rusty Black. He noted that the FFA chapter received fifth in the ag mechanics projects.
    A partial list of State Fair results is published on page 12 of today’s C-T.
    There is much to see and do at the fairgrounds, Black noted, stating that he had spent about two hours in the 4-H building looking at a wide array of exhibits, including cakes, electronics, woodworking projects, and more.
    “Livingston County is well represented at the Missouri State Fair,” he said.
    Inside the 4-H Building, banners are hung from the ceiling representing each Missouri 4-H county.
    “The 4-H Building is always a highlight because we have projects from all over the state of Missouri,” said Shawn Murphy. “From Livingston County, we have around 150 projects at the fair this year and the kids have worked hard all year, so this is a chance for them to show off that hard work what they’ve learned in their projects.”
    There also are many demonstrations taking place in the 4-H building, providing youth the opportunity to showcase their work and gain experience in public speaking. Topics can include just about anything, including working demonstrations, food demonstrations, and project demonstrations. Around a dozen youth from Livingston County are giving demonstrations during the fair. Murphy said fair visitors can inquire at the front desk of the 4-H building as to when someone from Livingston County will be giving a demonstration.
    The 2013 Missouri State Fair, themed “Chicks Dig It!,” began Thursday and continues through Aug. 18 in Sedalia. For more information about competitions and other events, visit www.mostatefair.com, follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter.
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